My guest today is Katie Leigh. Katie is a popular and talented voiceover veteran. She is beloved as Connie Kendall in the world’s longest running international radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. Other roles she’s played include Baby Rowlf in the Emmy Award-Winning Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies cartoon series, Honker Muddlefoot in Darkwing Duck, Sheila the Thief in Dungeons and Dragons, Richie in Richie Rich, Sunni Gummi of Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Alex in Totally Spies and young Han Solo for Lego Star Wars: Padawan Menace, and many others.
Katie also has decades of experience in every form of Voiceover from toys, to games to radio, to elearning, specializing in boys and girls voices and many foreign accents.
We had a fun conversation about finding your voice. Katie has a young sounding voice, and was told by a college journalism professor that she would never get work behind a microphone unless she did something about her voice. Well, she did something, all right. She became a sought-after voice actor in animation work. We chat about how her life has been a series of divine appointments, and that even with her success, she still sometimes feels like she is not taken seriously because of her voice. She is learning that confidence is the key to overcoming the stigma – that, and knowing your stuff. Become an expert and you will speak with confidence. I know you will enjoy our candid conversation between friends.
Thanks for joining me today! If you are liking the podcast, the most “awesomest” thing you could do is subscribe! Thank you, Katie – for adding a fabulous word to my repertoire today!
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Jim Woods is an author, editor, writing coach, and storyteller… but he wasn’t always living into his calling. He was an accountant, and counting the days till he would be able to quit his job. In this episode of the Voicing Your Brand Podcast, we learn how Jim realized he was a writer and that he could make a living doing what he loves. His story of pushing past his fear and unlocking his authentic voice will inspire and uplift you.
Do you think you might be a writer? Jim invites you to connect with him and have a talk – for less than the cost of a coffee ($3.99), you can book a Storycrafting call here.
For more information about Jim Woods, go to his website: Jim Woods Writes
Other resources mentioned in this episode:
Jim’s books on Amazon: Ready Aim Fire! and Focus Booster
The quote, “Do the art that’s in your heart” courtesy of Jump Into the Arts
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Does Practicing Gratitude Help Your Business? (Voicing Your Brand, episode 5)
It’s Thanksgiving week and this is the month where we typically turn our thoughts toward Thankfulness and gratitude. Since this is the natural time for reflection as we approach the holidays, I thought we would dive in to some of the ways practicing gratitude can shift your mind, heart and business. Maybe we should keep an attitude of gratitude at the front of our minds all year long.
As a society, we are quick to see the negative in a situation. In fact, it’s been said that we typically tend to give negative feedback ten times more often than positive. If that’s true, then we also are on the receiving end of the negative feedback ten times more than hearing a positive angle of things.
A quick google search for how does gratitude help business will come up with articles in such well known business publications such as Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur and fast company.
There are several reasons why a daily practice of gratitude can help improve your business.
- Showing gratitude builds trust and promotes excellence. This is especially important if you are leading a team.
- Gratitude leads to happiness and productivity.
- Having an attitude of gratitude draws people to you. (And we KNOW that is always good for business!)
In this episode, I referenced these articles:
Forbes Magazine and Inc. Magazine
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What’s Holding You Back? 4 Things to Consider… [Voicing Your Brand, Episode 4]
In this episode, Tami discusses the 3 things that held her back from launching this podcast for more than a year, even though she KNEW it was what she should do next. She talks about overcoming those obstacles and adds a 4th thing that might be holding you back from pursuing your purpose and calling.
- Voiceover is an anonymous profession. It’s much easier to hide behind a microphone and let my voice be heard without my name attached to the work, than produce something of substance with my name on it and the outcome attached to my personal brand. It feels very vulnerable.
- Imposter Syndrome – who hasn’t felt they are not qualified for the job they are called to do?
- Perfectionism – all chasing after perfectionism does is keep you from launching. Click here for Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection
- Your Voice – you think others won’t like it. For the most part, your voice is just fine. The 7 Day Vocal Makeover is coming up to help you have the vocal confidence you need to succeed.
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Voicing Your Brand: Meet Tami & Hear What’s Coming! [Episode 1]
Thank you for checking out the Voicing Your Brand podcast – I hope you will find it both helpful and inspiring. Today I introduced myself and gave a brief overview of what Voicing Your Brand will cover in our time together. We will talk about your voice, of course, and what you can do to become a more confident speaker – we will also talk about all things branding, offer business tips, and interview experts with a message I think you will enjoy.
I shared my commercial voiceover demo to give you some background. You can listen to all of my demo recordings on my website here: Tami Romani Demos
The 7 Day Vocal Makeover is a brief introduction to becoming aware of your voice and how to use it for success. Go to tamiromani.com/makeover to view the course – use the code PODCAST20 for 20% off (exclusive for my podcast listeners.)
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Thanks for listening!
~ Tami ~
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Tami’s Voiceover Demos: tamiromani.com/voiceover
7 Day Vocal Makeover: tamiromani.com/makeover
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Why Your Voice Matters, Part 2 – You Had Me at Hello = It’s SCIENCE. [Episode 3]
(transcript) Hey, welcome to episode number 3 of Voicing Your Brand, where we will talk about all things business, branding, and using your voice for success. Today, more about WHY your voice matters. Apparently, it’s science.
A few years ago when I was leaving my job at a university to go full time into voiceover, I was given the task of helping to interview my replacement. We had several applications come in, and once we reviewed those and chose the top candidates, it was time to continue the process with the telephone interview. That’s right – we had nothing to go on but the job application, a resume, and the person’s voice. And let me tell you, that was quite an experience. As my manager and I started this process, we were absolutely floored by the number of applicants we disqualified because they either couldn’t put a cohesive sentence together, or they mumbled, or talked too fast so that we couldn’t hear their very important words. Sometimes, they just sounded like they didn’t even want This process of a telephone interview is often the first hurdle to overcome when interviewing for a highly prized position in a company.
So, I’m just gonna come out and say it: you are being judged for your voice.
Okay, you know – there have been voice coaches since probably the beginning of modern business- vocal coaches to help you with speech, singing, breathing, vocal health, and so on – so there’s been this need to help people have a better voice, especially for business for a very long time. I mean, have you seen Singing in the Rain? The whole premise of that movie was that it was difficult for some actors and actresses to make the transition from silent films to talkies because their voices were hard to listen to. Somehow, we just knew that if we improved certain things about our voice and our speech, we would be better heard.
Now, we’ve all heard that it takes 7 seconds to make a good first impression. Okay, that may be true about your appearance and your mannerisms, but when it comes to your voice – that time shrinks down to about one second. Yeah. You are being judged. I’ve always assumed that appearance played the biggest role in how people form opinions about us, but according to recent research from the University of Glasgow, our brains make strong and unconscious judgments about people based on the way they speak. Now, I am a researcher at heart – so reading this information was like music to my ears. Let me nerd out on this with you for a minute or two –
Picture this – University of Glasgow, in Scotland. They’ve brought in 64 people, both men and women, and recorded them reading a paragraph that contained the word HELLO. Then each recording was edited so that they extracted just that one word, Hello. They then had 320 participants listen to those Hellos and match them with a personality trait such as trustworthiness, aggressiveness, confidence, dominance, warmth, and so on. I think there were ten choices altogether.
What the researchers found was that the participants largely agreed on which voice matched which personality trait. One male voice was overwhelmingly voted the least trustworthy, The pitch of the untrustworthy voice was much lower than the male deemed most trustworthy. Keep in mind that it didn’t matter if that was TRUE about this participant – but, just by his voice alone, people judged him as being not trustworthy.
Now, the speculation on that is it’s probably because a higher pitched male voice is closer to the natural pitch of a female, making the men sound less aggressive and friendlier than the lower male voices.
Another interesting finding is that what makes females sound more trustworthy is whether their voices rise or fall at the end of the word, “Probably the trustworthy female, when she drops her voice at the end, is showing a degree of certainty and so can be trusted.”
Keep in mind, again, that it didn’t matter if the assessment of the person based on their voice was TRUE. What mattered is that the results were consistent and that the person was perceived to have a certain personality trait just by one word. Hello.
There’s a famous line from the movie Jerry Maguire – “you had me at hello.” Seriously, those screenwriters were on to something. In fact, this phenomena has been called The Jerry Maguire Effect, for that reason.
Now, the data from that study is being further dissected by other universities to find out exactly what makes up the sound of being trustworthy – should be interesting. And there are some other studies, including one at Yale University, which showed that it’s easier for people to comprehend emotions from a voice alone, rather than watching a video where they can see facial expressions and body language…
… but we are not going to overthink this. Your voice is part of your genetic makeup. Your blueprint. In many cases, it is what it is – but just as you can do exercises to enhance your physical appearance, you can do the same to enhance your voice. No heavy lifting required.
Now, I realize that this new information might terrify you – or it might make you very happy. Maybe you’ve been wondering why your message isn’t being heard. Maybe this is the first time you’ve ever thought about how your voice might be holding you back. From that promotion… from building your audience on social media… even from being heard by your kids or at your job. We will get into the topic of self-assessment in a future episode, but for now it’s so important to be aware of what people might be assuming about you based on hearing your voice. Your voice sets up expectations for how you’re going to behave, how funny you are, how high your energy is, and even how accessible or believable you are. This mental image-making is based solely on the sound of your voice and the energy you present. Wouldn’t you like your message to be the most powerful it can be?
So, I’m gonna give you a little challenge now – and some homework. Ask 3 or 4 friends or family members what they think when they hear your voice. Be sure to tell them to be honest and that you are on a journey to improve the way you communicate, and that you are learning how to use your voice for success.
I’d love to hear your responses – what do you think is most important for you to work on? I’d really love to know, and it will help me plan future episodes of this podcast. Would you send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know?
Anyway – thanks for joining me today – now that you know the science behind using your voice for success – isn’t it going to be much easier to make yourself the guinea pig and experiment with your message and delivery? All the articles I’ve mentioned will be linked in the show notes – just go to tamiromani.com/vyb003 and you’ll see them!
This has been fun – I’ll catch you again next time!
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